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How to Give

The University of Guelph offers several ways to make your gift. However you choose to support the University, you are making a difference.

  • Make a gift online now.
  • Mail a gift to Alumni House, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, and include a donation form.
  • Call Alumni House at 1-888-266-3108 or 519-824-4120 ext 56934 for assistance.

Types of Gifts

One-time gifts can be made any time. Sustaining pledges involve a regular payment schedule determined by the donor. Many donors choose a monthly payment, which can be scheduled for a specific length of time or on an open-ended basis. Pledges can be paid by pre-authorized cheque, credit card or payroll deduction (for U of G employees). If you would like to cancel your sustaining pledge, please contact us at or 519-824-4120 ext. 56540.

U of G employees can make a one-time gift, or give monthly through payroll deduction. Learn more about Staff and Faculty Giving.

A gift of appreciated securities is a tax-efficient way to support the University. Donors receive full tax credit for the fair-market value. Use the Notification of Gift of Securities form. Contact the Finance team at Alumni Affairs & Development at 519-824-4120 ext 56540 for more information.

A gift of tangible property such as works of art, books, animals, equipment and collections. Gifts in kind may be made to the University to augment academic and research activities. Donations are assessed by a qualified appraiser to determine the fair market value of the items. Donors receive a tax receipt for the appraised value. For information about making a gift in kind, contact Alumni House at 519-824-4120 ext 56934 or

You may consider noting the University as a beneficiary in your Will, life insurance policy, or retirement assets. You can also purchase a charitable gift annuity that benefits the University. You may find the materials below helpful as you make your plans:

Please contact Jayne Whitfield at 519-824-4120 ext 56196 or for more information about any of these options. Jayne would be delighted to discuss creating a meaningful legacy for you at U of G.

Pay tribute to someone special through a gift to the University. Gifts in memory of, or in honour of someone, can be made online or by mail. Where possible, the University will notify the tributee (or next of kin) of your gift; please provide contact information for this person when you make your gift. Please note that the gift details (amount, allocation) and the donor’s contact information are never shared.

A transformational gift that may involve naming opportunities and a lasting legacy at the University. For information, contact Amy Atkinson at 519-824-4120 ext 52614.

One of our most impactful traditions is the one of alumni giving back to the College through class projects. These fundraising projects are led by a group of volunteers from a particular graduation year. These classes choose a funding priority that is important to them, set a fundraising goal and timeframe to support that project, and work with their classmates to meet the goals.

For more information on how your class can support a funding priority or an active class project, please email


Credit Card Updater Service:

U of G subscribes to a credit card updater service. This means that for pre-authorized payments by credit card, a donor’s financial institution will provide updated card information when the card number changes (for example, when it expires) if the institution participates in this service. Consequently, a donor’s designated payment schedule would continue smoothly without need for an individual update. If you would like to confirm whether your institution participates or if you would like to opt out of this service, please contact your financial institution.


Donations from Outside Canada:

USA: University of Guelph alumni and their families (family members are defined as: spouses, children, grandchildren, parents and siblings) may make donations directly to the University of Guelph and use the University of Guelph charitable receipt for their U.S. income tax returns under the US-Canada Income Tax Treaty. Indicate on your tax return that you or a family member are/were a U of G graduate or student. Note that it is the responsibility of the donor to ensure they qualify to use the receipt.

Friends of the University of Guelph Inc. is a certified and registered not-for-profit organization in the U.S. [501(c)(3)]. American citizens (or residents) who are not alumni or related to the University of Guelph, as well as corporations, foundations, estates and trusts requiring a U.S. tax receipt, can contribute to the University through the Friends of the University of Guelph, Inc. established to facilitate donations.
More Information

Other Countries: The University of Guelph can accept gifts from around the world. Tax treatment of charitable gifts varies from country to country. For information on international gifts, contact Alumni House Reception at 519-824-4120 ext 56934 or


Donor Bill of Rights:

The Donor Bill of Rights was created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations.


  • To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.




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Alumni Affairs and Development builds lifelong relationships with alumni, parents, staff, faculty and friends of the University of Guelph. We raise funds to support the University and advance its mission to improve life.

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